Sunday, February 06, 2011

It Begins with a Desire

"In his book Great Lent, Fr Alexander Schmemann says that the theme of this Gospel, and how it helps introduce us to the mystery of Lent, is that of desire, for the whole drama of the Gospel begins with Zacchaeus’ desire to see Jesus. In a sense, the whole of our relationship with the Lord begins with desire. If we don’t want to meet Jesus personally, it is likely that we never will. If we don’t want to repent, it is quite certain that we will not. If we do not desire communion with God, with all that this implies, we will never persevere on the journey of faith..." Read more here.

Lent has not yet begun, but we are looking toward it in early February.

Great Lent: Journey to Pascha


Elizabeth said...

Wonderful thoughts and things to contemplate. When does Lent begin this year?

Alexandra said...

It begins March 9th on Ash Wednesday. This link is to an Orthodox abbot's blog. I think they may begin celebrating a pre-Lent preparation as a part of their liturgical year. Not sure, but I've always had a fascination(love) with Eastern Christianity. I'd be Orthodox in another life. :)